Even the Crows: A Divided Gujarat
Sheena Sumaria / Sonum Sumaria (Directors)
Date: 26 February 2014Time: 6:00 PM
Finishes: 26 February 2014Time: 8:00 PM
Venue: Russell Square: College BuildingsRoom: Khalili Lecture Theatre
Type of Event: Film
Series: SSAI Seminar Programme
Film screening followed by Director's Q&A.
At a time where the controversial Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi, is running to be India’s next Prime Minister, Even the Crows explores the way in which his politics and Hindu nationalist ideology have polarised Gujarat along religious lines. Since the anti-Muslim riots that exploded in 2002, the Muslim minority population have been denied justice and marginalised to the ghettos. Meanwhile, Narendra Modi, who has been accused of complicity in the riots, has ridden a wave of popularity. Through the intimate stories of American-Gujarati Nishrin, whose father, a prominent Muslim MP, was butchered during the 2002 Gujarat riots, and British-Gujarati Imran, who was the sole survivor when he was attacked along with his two uncles a friend while on holiday in the state, the film explores Modi’s link to the violence and the minority community’s ongoing struggle for justice.
Sheena Sumaria studied economics and development studies at Cambridge University and the School of Oriental and African Studies and started to make films while travelling and working with marginalised communities in South America. Her films include ‘Still Standing’, set in the slums of Colombia, and ‘Chile Construyendo Suenos’ about the Chilean student uprising. She has also worked for a range of NGOs and international organisations on social policy and international development issues.
Sonum Sumaria read Spanish and Russian at Cambridge University. She studied filmmaking at the renowned Cuban film school, EICTV, and has directed and produced a number of short films and documentaries. These include award winning 'Goppi the Cuban Indian' and 'The Enchanted Apple Tree'.
Organiser: SOAS South Asia Institute
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